to create a
SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC SYSTEM
PEACE & EARTH SYSTEMS WELLNESS
THE COMMONWEALTH FOR EARTH & HUMANITY
works to create
National Military Budget Reductions of 5% a year
to use for
Earthcare, Human Development,
Social Stabilization and Infrastructure
Enlightened People, Thriving Families,
Creative Communities, Worker-Owned Cooperatives,
Regional Integrated Cooperation,
International Peace and a Sustainable Planet
“We often hear that humanity is at a critical decision point: either we take on the mantel of planetary curator and take conscious, purposeful, intentional action to safeguard life and the conditions for life on Earth, or we slip into the role of planetary home-wrecker through myopic self-interest and willing ignorance of the damage we do.
But it is not enough just to point out this situation or to lament it. There are all too few initiatives that actually seek to address this fundamentally existential concern.
The Commonwealth for Earth & Humanity (CEH) is a bold initiative that seeks to do just that.
As Charles Dudley Warner observed, 'Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it,' to which Don Beck has a most fitting admonition: ‘No more prizes for forecasting the rain; only prizes for building the ark.’
CEH is one such ark, but it needs to be built, and that will take courage, vision, participation and collaboration. The time is nigh. The time is now.”
Dr. Alexander Laszlo, President
The Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science
Many corporations are destroying the planet by not accounting for “externalities” that push the cost of products off the corporate balance sheet, onto the public to clean-up.
If a product is unsafe for the environment humans depend on for survival, it should not be produced.
Example: TOXIC AIR , WATER & LAND from industrial chemicals, manufacturing and oils spills are polluting the air, water and land, harming birds, animals and humans.
Example: CARBON & METHANE EMISSIONS are heating the air and water, causing droughts, heat waves, massive fires, super-storms, melting ice and rising sea levels.
Example: STYROFOAM (expanded polystyrene) takes 500 years to forever to decompose, filled-up 30 percent of landfill space that is fast becoming full, and sickens and kills animals and fish.
Example: PLASTIC POLLUTION is the accumulation of plastic objects and particles from plastic bottles, bags and microbeads in the environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans. It can afflict land, waterways and oceans. Marine animals can be harmed either by mechanical effects, such as entanglement in plastic objects, problems related to ingestion of plastic waste, or through exposure to chemicals within plastics that interfere with their physiology. Effects on humans include disruption of various hormonal mechanisms. The bodies of 90% of seabirds contain plastic debris.
By 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by weight
Markets are driven by profit and humans are susceptible to obsession and greed. The need for a sustainable planet has been ignored by the market as governments are corrupted and controlled by billionaires and mega corporations to allow them to keep producing oil, plastic and industrial waste that leads to overheating of the environment and destruction of the biosphere. Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.
Humans have been evolving for 200,000 years. In just 200 years of industrial expansion and exploitation of nature, carbon-based and methane producing industries are destroying the biosphere for future generations. Animals are going extinct. Humans may be extinct in 200 years or less. See Is This Our Final Century? by UK Royal Astronomer Martin Rees.
Capitalism grew from Feudalism to Agrarian Capitalism to Industrial Capitalism to Financial Capitalism and now Data & Surveillance Capitalism.
Today, only 30% of the world benefit significantly through capitalism. The top 1% own 50%, 10% own 85%, and the top 30% of humanity own 97% of world wealth, with 70% of humanity having no access to investments. 95% of income gains since 2009 went to the top 1%. The richest 1% will own 2/3 of global wealth by 2030.
With electronic-financial capitalism, a multi-billionaire who invests a billion dollars, at a 10% return-on-investment in a hedge fund, can make $100,000,000 a year by doing nothing, and adding no value to the world.
For the super-rich, wealth is growing at super-speed. As their wealth grows, they pay more for goods and services such as housing (see Homewreckers by Aaron Glanz), harming the 70% who grow relatively poorer due to rising prices and stagnant income.
As shareholder and CEO wealth rise due to corporate stock buybacks, worker wages remains flat. “The rich grow richer, and the poor grow poorer” has never been truer.
Vast wealth is then taken off-shore, avoiding taxes, needed to pay for Earth care, human development, social services and needed infrastructure.
See the Panama Papers, an investigation revealing the offshore links of some of the world’s most prominent leaders, celebrities and criminals.
People are fleeing violence and poverty all around the world. What is causing this?
When a small business gets started in these countries, criminals may tell a business owner if they don't give them $1,500 each month in extortion fees, they will kill a relative.
This local violence, civil and international wars, and the joblessness that follows, drive global migration. Local and national government corruption of leaders, the military, police and bureaucrats, by organized criminals and drug gangs, need National Anti-Corruption Commissions to eradicate corruption, to help create sustainable economies in these nations. Regional Peace & Sustainability Summits are need for all parts of the world.
In the United Nations, all Permanent Members of the Security Council compete to sell weapons for profit, fostering violence and war, massive migration, arrival-country destabilization, hatred of immigrants and the rise of reactionary politics worldwide.
Nine of the world’s top ten arms exporters were on the United Nations Security Council between mid-2016 and mid-2018. They have turned the UN into an arms bazaar.
Over 3.5 trillion dollars a year is spent on global military, espionage, surveillance, clandestine operations, police and prisons to control humanity, using-up scarce resources needed for Earthcare and Humancare.
We need GLOBAL DEMILITARIZATION if we are to create a SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC SYSTEM that generates PEACE & EARTH SYSTEMS WELLNESS.
To be a member or affiliate of the
Commonwealth for Earth & Humanity,
to start a CEH Club, or to be a CEH Trustee
contact SanfordHinden@SacredEarth Center.org
THE 2019 REGRESSION OF WORLD DEMOCRACY
WORKING FOR A BETTER WORLD
CEH GLOBAL DEMILITARIZATION EDUCATION
CEH POLICY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
FUNDING NEEDED FOR CEH WORK
~ Sandy Hinden